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Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) Premier Grants

Grants to New York Artists, Groups, and Nonprofit
Organizations for Public Arts and Cultural Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

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Staten Island Arts, and Greater New York Arts Development Fund (GNYADF) of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

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Grants of up to $3,000 to New York artists, collaborative groups, and nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural public presentations and projects in eligible regions. First-time applicants must attend a seminar before applying. All projects must include a public component or a public sharing of work, for example, an exhibition or showing at a local venue. Eligible applicants are located in Staten Island.

Preference will be given to the Underserved Disciplines for 2021: Folk Arts, Humanities, New Media, Painting, Photography, and Public Art.

All art and artistic cultural disciplines are considered, including music, dance, digital/new media, film/video/animation, folk arts, humanities and cultural studies, interdisciplinary events/festivals, literature, public art, theatre, performing and visual arts. Arts Education programs offering arts exposure–but not instruction and curriculum-based programs–at Staten Island public schools are eligible, as are programs taking place at senior centers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162187

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant request range: $750-$3000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

DCA Premier Grants support first-time applicants — both individual Staten Island artists, collaborative groups of individuals, and community arts and cultural organizations — who produce art or cultural programming.

To be eligible for a Premier Grant, the applicant must meet all the following criteria:
- Artistic merit and cultural significance
- Clearly stated objectives
- Clear and realistic plan for implementation
- Appropriate request level and realistic budget for stated proposal
- Need and impact on the artistic discipline, geographic area, or local population: projects that address underserved communities or artistic disciplines will receive foremost attention
- Demonstrated community interest or support of project
- Applicant’s artistic experience, skill, and exhibition/performance history

Not eligible:
- Organizations receiving direct or discretionary funds from the Department of Cultural Affairs in the 2021 fiscal year
- Organizations with operating income budgets over $100,000 for two of the last three fiscal years
- Programs that are essentially religious, recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic
- Universities, colleges, primary and secondary schools and districts, school affiliates or components, in-school activities or programs/activities that exclusively serve a student audience with no public component
- Programs serving only the applicant organization’s members
- Operating expenses of privately- owned facilities (homes and studios)
- Deficit budgets, capital improvements, equipment purchases, fundraising events, scholarships, juror fees, prizes, lobbying expenses, entertainment, reception or food expenses, any non-arts related expenses or administrative costs unrelated to project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

First-time applicants are required to attend an application seminar. The Foundation encourages anyone who has not applied recently (over 2 years) to attend as well. At the seminar you will learn about the online application system and staff will review the entire DCA Premier Grant application. Seminars will be held online. RSVP is required.

For a list of the seminar schedule, see the Project Grant Application Seminar Schedule list on the grants page:

During grants season, Grants Administrator Gena Mimozo also offers ‘Doctors Hours’ Monday through Friday from 3pm to 7pm for prospective applicants who already have a proposal in mind or who have multiple proposals in mind and need guidance/feedback.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2021.

The panels meet throughout February-April. Applicants will be notified by mail of funding decisions (either for, or against) at the conclusion of the panel’s deliberations. The last notification letters go out near the end of April.



Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions about seminars, please contact:
Gena Mimozo, Grants Administrator
718.447.3329 x1003

Staten Island Arts
PO Box 50197
Staten Island, NY 10305

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